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What condition Raiders position is in ahead of training camp: Offensive guard

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We check on each Raiders position to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical.

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Starters: Kelechi Osemele, Gabe Jackson

Backups: Jon Feliciano, Denver Kirkland, Jordan Simmons, Ian Silberman, Cameron Hunt

Left guard Kelechi Osemele was an All Pro in 2016. Even in a down season for the line, he was still a Pro Bowler. He is the most intimidating guard in the league.

Jackson on the other side is one of the better guards in the league and at one time was the Raiders best offensive lineman. He has a rough 2017 in part because of the new scheme, but also due to foot issues.

Reserve guards need to be versatile. Feliciano is a backup center as well as guard. This is the final season of his rookie deal and he has played well enough in spot duty that he should have decent market next offseason for a team looking for a starting center.

Kirkland has seen time at guard and tackle. He played quite a bit in jumbo packages when Lee Smith was injured in 2016, but Kirkland was out all last season with injury so he’s hoping to prove his worth again.

Hunt was signed recently and has backed up both center and guard.

Kirkland started to show well for himself as an undrafted rookie in 2016, mostly as a tackle eligible in jumbo packages. He missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.

Condition: Strong

You simply won’t find a better guard tandem than Osemele and Jackson. Feliciano is a versatile interior utility lineman. Kirkland and Silberman will battle for utlity guard/tackle. Simmons and Hunt are longshots.

Poll

What condition do you think the Raiders guard position is in?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Strong
    (1366 votes)
  • 8%
    Stable
    (125 votes)
  • 0%
    Unstable
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Serious
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Critical
    (9 votes)
1509 votes total Vote Now